In a word: You won't get hosed.
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JM ate the Smokehouse Beef & Cheddar Brisket with a soda.
Nichole ate the King's Hawaiian pork & slaw sandwich with a soda, and took some chili home for next day's lunch.
The bill was about $20, or $10/person, plus tip.
JM gave Firehouse Subs an A-; Nichole gave Firehouse Subs a B+ (see our grading rubric).
Firehouse Subs is a small chain of sandwich shops started by actual firemen. It is more than fast food for sure. If you enjoy meat, and hearty portions of it, and are willing to spend a little more time and money to enjoy a meal, we can recommend it.
The space that used to be Fiesta Cancun has been transformed with Dalmatian-themed tables in a spacious dining area. We ordered some signature sandwiches at the counter - no veggie-by-veggie-built subs here - and played with the Coke Freestyle machine until our food came out.
The King's Hawaiian pork & slaw sandwich was sat-Iz-fying. Which is to say, huge. The flavors played well together and there was a little heat on the back end of each bite. If we'd wanted more heat, there was a truly awesome selection of hot sauces available. Concoctions from all over the country were labeled by heat, 1-10. Our only nitpick about the selection was that mustard was underrrepresented. God knows there are a million pepper-hot mustards out there these days!
The cheddar cheese and beef brisket was quite tasty and disappeared fast. Each mouthful of warm cheesy meat was as good as the previous and the first was quite tasty indeed. This one may be a little simple, but the subs here are meant to be meat heavy palattes for sauces, not subtle nuances of vegetable crunch.
The cup o' chili to go made a fine lunch - kidney beans, lots of meat (natch) and tomatoes, and a tidy packet with crackers, a spoon and a napkin. It was medium-hot in a generally peppery way and also very filling.
The staff was very nice, the management shows appreciation for servicepeople and public safety employees in a number of ways (from discounts to fundraising) and there are hats for the kids. Also: you can buy pickle buckets.